From The AgeThe captains' views on drugs
March 16, 2006
MARK RICCIUTO, Adelaide
"The players wanted to have the policy from a health aspect. We're setting an example doing the right thing."
MICHAEL VOSS, Brisbane Lions
"Because I'm very aware of what the AFL's trying to achieve with it and how important they hold it, I can't see why they would have any vested interest in going against what has been already done … that would make no sense to me at all, from the AFL's perspective I have not lost any faith in them at all."
ANTHONY KOUTOUFIDES, Carlton
"I think the players understand how serious it is to take drugs … It's a pretty important thing as role models as footballers that you know it shouldn't be happening."
NATHAN BUCKLEY, Collingwood
"The crux of the matter isn't whether it should test or not, the crux of the matter is, is it too much of a risk that the information gets out."
MATTHEW LLOYD, Essendon
"I don't follow it because of the way I am and my thoughts on drugs, so I put my trust in Belly (Peter Bell) and the AFLPA. But at the same time I don't feel too sorry for guys because they see the risks and they are illegal drugs. You don't want the public thinking we are soft on drugs or we are all on drugs if we pull out of testing."
STEVEN KING, Geelong
"The process and structures in place are there to help rehabilitate players and not to throw them out on their own … I think it's a good idea to rehabilitate instead of just throwing them to the lions."
RICHIE VANDENBERG, Hawthorn
"Was it the role of the AFL to stamp out racial vilification? And the answer to that is an unequivocal yes. The AFL have been leaders in that, and to a certain extent they feel on the issue of drugs that can be a similar result."
ADAM SIMPSON, Kangaroos
"I think WADA will struggle to catch many people out during the season because it's an off-season issue. If this whole thing collapses because of what's happened it would be really disappointing."
DAVID NEITZ, Melbourne
"There's incidents of depression and all sorts of things in AFL football and other stresses, and it's always something that leads to people, especially repeat offenders, taking drugs. The threat of the confidentiality being broken is really disappointing and unfortunately may effect drug policy."
KANE JOHNSON, Richmond
"I think while we're at the football club and training they should be testing for drugs but I don't think they should be testing while you're on holiday — not for the fact you could be taking drugs, I just don't think they should be invading your space."
LUKE BALL, St Kilda
"We should be well within our rights to say no, we don't want to be tested for that stuff any more … the confidentiality's got to be the main aspect of it."
CHAD CORNES, Port Adelaide
"I've got confidence in it except that the confidentiality part of it would be my only concern."
BARRY HALL, Sydney
"That's why it's confidential, so we can help the player and not embarrass him and stuff like that … we've just got to fix up that confidentiality bit."
LUKE DARCY, Western Bulldogs
"I think it was the right thing and it's the strongest drug policy of any sport in the world when you combine with WADA. But no I haven't got confidence in doing a drug test and making sure the following week it was going to be confidential."
CHRIS JUDD, West Coast
"If you said to me 'is the drug problem in football less than the drug problem in the community? I'd put my house on the fact it was."
Compiled by Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall, Rohan Connolly and Reko Rennie